Friday, 13 March 2015

Hypnotherapy - All The Info You Need.

What is Hypnotherapy?

I am not sure if you follow alternative medicine or healing but in the last few years, Hypnotherapy has been making huge gains in the alternative market and its seems to be helping people. I haven't been for a treatment myself yet, but upon researching it I compiled the list below. 

I found it interesting reading as the treatment is a form of hypnosis and works by the therapist making suggestions to change or alter your belief about a certain thought or emotion. this enables the healing to occur in your body.

Here is the more detailed information I compiled.

Hypnosis has made advancements to be able to positively help people by finding the negative thought patterns and replacing them with positive thought patterns leading to a happier lifestyle within the patient.

The process itself involves a form of hypnosis and allows you to alter the state of mind in a relaxing way while stimulating and focussing the subconscious part. This heightened state of awareness can allow the therapist to make more power appropriate suggestion to the patient, allowing change to manifest. 

Hypnotherapy is useful for people suffering from all kinds of problems especially problems like depression, anxiety, low confidence, insomnia, and weight problems.

There has been an increased number of people seeking hypnotherapy as an alternative therapy but we still remind people to keep taking their tradition medicines as prescribed by their doctors.

So why happens during a hypnotherapy session?

Most therapists offer a consultation of one hour, a discussion will take place about your current situation and problem.

Details with be gathered such as food intake, sleeping patterns, lifestyle, medical medication.

The therapist will also ask you questions on what you would like to achieve during the session and what your long term goals or for overcoming the problem. This process can make you think of more ways that the problem you are there for affects you. This allows you to open up more and get the proper treatment that you need.

The therapist will then explain how the session is going to take place including the cost and how many sessions will be needed.

After all the introductions are done, then the therapist will start the session, you will be seated in a nice comfy chair or be asked to lie down on a couch to allow you to become more relaxed.

The therapist will then lead you into a relaxed mode of hypnosis where suggestions can be made to help you. You may be conscious at this time, but it’s important to remember you will always be in control. Once the suggestions are complete, the hypnotherapist will wake you as if you have fallen asleep.

You will then be allowed to ask any questions about the treatment or future treatments.

How many sessions will you need?

It depends on how many sessions the therapist thinks you need. Smoking Cessation could only last around two sessions, but dealing with depression could last about 5 sessions. It really is up the Hypnotherapist and you. In important part of the process is you, you need to feel you are making an improvement.

How much does hypnotherapy cost?

The average cost ranges from about £60 to £100 per hour. Therapists with more experience seem to charge a little more than new qualified ones.

Who can see a Hypnotherapist?

Anybody can see a hypnotherapist even children can under supervision of course. Children have a super imagination so it can be much easier to treat them. Most people have a phobia or problem of some kind and why have it for the rest of your life. Get the help needed to remove the problem so that you can live a free and happy life.

You can find hypnotherapists online, or in a directory. Take your time and look around to make sure that you feel comfortable with the once that you choose.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

5 Basic Foot Reflexology Techniques

This video is interesting, as it explains what happened in my treatment. Watch as the practitioner explains how she carries out the treatment and the pressure she applies. 

The video is only three minutes long, but it gives you a good background into reflexology as you can see what happens during a treatment. 

I hope you enjoyed it, let me know via comments if you find these posts useful!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

My Experience With Reflexology

What is Reflexology 

I felt it was time for me to start looking for more alternative therapies to help deal with stress from work and I found Reflexology. I had heard about it in the past so I began my research into the nuts and bolts of the treatment.

What is it?

It is a treatment based on ideas that the face, ears, hands, lower leg and feet all have areas that correspond with different areas of the body. It is a non intrusive treatment.

In the picture above you can see all the areas that Reflexology cover. It is very similar to the points used in acupuncture. 

Where does it come from?

Reflexology was first found in an ancient Egyptian tomb. Researchers found the inscription in the physician’s room in the tomb at Saqqara in Egypt. There is a thought that it originally came from the Roman Empire and made its way to Egypt.

What can it do for me?

As with any alternative treatment there is a question whether it works or not. The best way to find out is to try a treatment yourself and see if it benefits you. It is thought a treatment aims to restore the balance of the body naturally.  This happens via the therapist applying pressure to points on your body to carry out the treatment effectively. Normally all you have to do at this point is remove your shoes so that the therapist can go to work.

I found it very relaxing and I did feel some discomfort when the therapist was applying pressure on my face, but I wasn't sure if it was my sinuses playing up or toxins being released as part of the treatment.  That night I slept normally and feel absolutely fine the next day. I did feel that I had more energy to get stuff done, but I could honestly not be sure whether it was from the treatment or not.

My therapist recommended three sessions in total, which I was happy to attend as I felt very comfortable during the treatments after I got used the feeling of pressure being applied.

My therapist warned me at the beginning of the treatment that I could feel lethargic or emotional or even nauseas at the end of treatment, but I didn't not feel any of the symptoms that she spoke about.

Will I go for another treatment?

Yes I would, I believe that managing stress is an important aspect of life today, and I do believe that this treatment has some benefits, but I would consult my doctor first if had any serious problems and then if he agreed, seek alternative therapy as a second treatment.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

How Reiki can benefit you.

Have you ever heard about Reiki and want to know what it is? 

Two years ago, at work, my friend Jessica, had a problem with depression. It became a major problem in her life, as her work started suffering because of all the time she was taking off.
She tried many different ways to try and beat the depression, but the pills she was giving by her doctor just made her so tired that she couldn't stay awake. 

She then tried various other methods until she went for a Reiki treatment and suddenly life started improving for her. From my point of view, she started getting happier and the smile that started appearing on her face every morning when she came to work, told me she was recovering. She also started laughing again. 

I told her one morning at the coffee machine that she look so happy. She looked at me smiling and said, “Thank you, My life is changing and I am enjoying so much, thanks to Reiki” 

That was the first time I had heard about Reiki. I listened intently as she spoke about her treatments and how it affected her. I became interested in it as it was an alternative therapy but seeing the results made me think that I needed to know more.

This is what I found. 

Reiki is a stress reduction and relaxation technique that was developed by Mikao Usui. It can be administered in two ways, one by “laying on hands” or just “having the hands slightly off the body” hovering at the height of about ten centimetres. 

The Reiki practitioner then allows the life force energy to flow into the patient. Once this happens, the patient either feels a warm sensation as the energy comes into them, some people feel emotional or just fall asleep. 

This happened to me, I feel asleep during my first treatment and woke up feeling incredibly relaxed. 

We all have energy within us. Sometimes the energy gets low and we feel tired or stressed, a Reiki treatment allows our energy to be topped up and which leaves us feeling happier and more calmer allowing us to make better decisions.

I was surprised to find out that the word Reiki is actually two Japanese words. Rei means “The higher power” and Ki means “life force energy”. 

Reiki treats the whole body and including emotions, mind and spirit. It has been known to treat virtually every know illness and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works alongside all other major medical treatments to relieve the side effects and promote wellness.

When people start the Reiki journey, they always discover that it is a simple and safe method of self-improvement that everyone can use. It’s also very easy to learn. It is normally taught by a Reiki Master and the ability is passed on by an “attunement” which allows the student to tap in the everlasting supply of “Ki”.

It has been taught to over a million people worldwide and anybody can do it. It is not a religion, it has no dogma, and you don’t have to believe anything to perform Reiki. 

I believe it comes from God, but you may see it differently, which is fine, but I have found that by using it, I have also become more calmer and approach life more spiritually than before. 

I like the five principles which I learned during my attunement.

  • Just for today, do not worry 
  • Just for today, do not anger 
  • Honour your parents, teachers and elders
  • Earn your living honestly
  • Show gratitude to everything

If you are interested in Reiki or going for a Reiki treatment, Have a look at the Reiki foundation website, where you can find a practitioner or teacher to help you on your journey.